Proposal Development

Proposal development is the first step in applying for external funding.

If you need help developing a competitive proposal, our Research Development Services (RDS) unit offers support by helping you:

  • Finding funding
  • Understand funding guidelines
  • Improve your chances of grant success

RDS also has writing resources such as: templates, checklists, and boilerplate for many resources.


Additional Proposal Development Information & Timelines

  • All proposals for external funding must be reviewed and approved by Sponsored Projects Services.*
  • As part of proposal review and approval, an Electronic Proposal Clearance (EPCS) record must be made.
  • The EPCS record must be completed and finalized a minimum of three business days prior to your proposal's due date.
  • There are a number of roles and responsibilities to keep in mind when creating your proposal.
  • All proposals that require Single IRB Review for human subjects research must consult with Research Compliance Services to secure pre-approval. 

*Faculty and staff are not authorized to submit proposals for the university without SPS review and approval.